• Picky Cuckoo

    3 monthes ago - By 10,000 Birds

    When a young bird has to compete with the rest of its nest-mates for food they cannot afford to turn up their bill at anything that is brought in. Be first, reach highest and call loudest, that is the road to fledging success. Unless of course you are a cuckoo and have already eliminated the competition.
    A single chick fledged from the Oriental Reed Warblers ‘ Acrocephalus orientalis nest, but my, what a big one!
    A female Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus will have taken an egg from the warblers' clutch and replaced it with her own. She will then have left to seek another host, never to see...
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